Season 20, Episode 5 Condition Black

First Aired: January 13, 2002

World-class surfers defy a condition-black warning to take advantage of extraordinary oceanic conditions creating 40-foot waves in Oahu, Hawaii, on January 28, 1998. To get the necessary speed, partners on jet skis tow the surfers, who discuss their relationships with the ocean, the sport and their sense of history about the day. Also: meteorologists explain the formation of the conditions and their ability to predict them. Michael McKean narrates.

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  • Premiered: October 10, 1982
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: PBS's signature (and multi-award-winning) natural-history series uses gifted wildlife documentarians and stunning photography to reveal what its first host, Donald Johanson, called `the magic and mystery of the fascinating natural world.' The series has ga… (more)

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